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After the turkey, comes the shopping

On Thanksgiving, after you finish the turkey and trimmings and you've eaten the pumpkin pie and drunk the last dregs of wine, you can go shopping.

Macy's announced on Monday that for the first time ever, it will open at midnight, Thanksgiving night (or more precisely, 12 a.m., Friday, Nov. 25) in all its stores across the country.

The day after Thanksgiving is called "Black Friday" in retailing parlance because it traditionally is one of the biggest shopping days of the year. Retailers usually pull out all the stops on Black Friday to lure in shoppers. 

"This year, in response to our customers' eagerness to shop early for great deals, Macy's stores across the country will open for the first time at midnight following Thanksgiving, giving customers the opportunity to get a head start on our extraordinary Black Friday deals," Macy's Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Terry Lundgren said in a statement.

Target Corp. announced Friday that it was also opening its doors at midnight for the first time ever and will be offering Black Friday specials starting at that time, The Associated Press reported. It also plans to stay open 23 hours. Last year, the discounter had opened its stores at 4 a.m.